It's true -- this hostel feels more like a hotel than a hostel. They make your bed nice and tidy each day. The breakfast is generous by Argentina standards, including juice, yogurt, several cakes and nice bread. Staff is beyond polite and professional -- at the same time -- and somehow remember your name in a large hostel. Wifi is good and fast.
Location? It's ideally situated in what I consider to be the best neighborhood in Buenos Aires for tourists to stay -- San Telmo. Lots of quirky bars and restaurants, as well as a massive Sunday market with great shopping, eats and atmosphere. Three blocks from the Subte. Walking distance to the center and government buildings. Palermo, though, is a good 30 minute Subte ride or 10 minute taxi, if you plan on enjoying that scenery quite frequently.
Dorms are never really locked -- well, if someone is inside the dorm you can't lock the door -- and this could annoy some paranoid travelers. An easy solution would be for the hostel to switch to a magnetic keycard system (providing one key for each dorm guest) and get rid of those incredibly annoying skeleton keys that bizarrely seem to plague Argentina.
All in all, this is an outstanding choice for those who want a clean, comfortable and friendly base to explore a great city. The only people for who it might not serve well are those looking for a hostel with a bit more historic charm (this is a decidedly modern facility reminiscent of an Ikea store) or those desiring for a smaller, more intimate accommodation. For everyone else, it's a great place!
Lower-level floors have noise from music playing in the courtyard...until midnight or later.
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